Swirl Frenzy: Art Process

Swirl Frenzy, mixed media, 11.29.22

This is a mixed media art piece made on watercolor paper. It is made out of oil pastels and different kinds of paper, such as tissue paper, decorative papers, fiber papers, etc. The title is called Swirl Frenzy.

I started with the oil pastel drawing, making two layers of color, which I scratched into, a technique called sgraffito. Then, I covered over most of the oil pastels with the various papers, most of them being transparent tissue paper. Following that, I added more oil pastels to blend and transition the colors a bit.

I’m not 100% satisfied with it, but I don’t hate it. I have a good scan which can lead to many other possibilities digitally, but also part of me wants to add pouring fluid and a bit more color to the actual art piece, perhaps some off-white gauche to cover certain sections followed by some pan pastels, perhaps some stencils and stamps…I can get lost in the art process…It can lead to a whole new adventure and image. The only problem is that I have a lot of other projects to work on. 😄🤪🫨🤩

In the mean time I experimented with a new digital program I have called Synthetik Studio Artist 5.5 which is an AI program.

Here are some variations made with the program:

I dont know much yet about how the program works, but so far, it seems to be best for less detailed works as it will take the detail away. It is great to quickly turn photos into interesting art pieces. I think you could make an interesting art piece quickly with this. Each of the manipulations seems to have a kind of “feel,” which might be convenient if you need to convey a feeling quickly. I haven’t learned much yet.


Published by creativecassandra7

God-lover, artist, writer, art therapist, dreamer, minister. I see life as an adventure of overcoming and bringing light to dark places. I have overcome extensive trauma and sexual abuse and now I share my testimony and teach/preach what God has to say about the recovery process through both logos and rhema words. I love nature, dancing, worship, and all creative expressions. I have a heart to see families restored, curses reversed, and generational blessings released.

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